If everything goes to plan, you’ll see it race at Baja 1000 and potentially Dakar Rally

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They say there is no rest for the wicked. In this case, the wicked are represented by Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, who is always keeping us on our toes and who, in good spirit, just dropped a couple of renderings of a revised 008 Baja Dakar Buggy.

Glickenhaus 008 Baja Dakar Buggy

Posted by James Glickenhaus on Sunday, February 28, 2021

The 008 Baja Dakar Buggy looks familiar because it is based on the slightly larger Baja Boot which was inspired by Steve McQueen’s Hurst Baja Boot. SCG, however, built their Boot from a blank sheet of paper during a process that took 17 months.

While there is not much information to go by regarding the Buggy, it is highly likely that SCG is going to offer it in two flavors, just like it did with the Boot. The latter came in a street-legal version powered by a 460-horsepower LT1 V-8, while the race-spec variant got the 650-horsepower LT4 V-8 mill from the Corvette Z06. It is this version that took to Baja 1000 to beat the Ford Bronco R in 2019 and 2020.

Feast Your Eyes on the Glickenhaus 008 Dakar Buggy
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According to Autoblog, the Buggy is based on a tubular frame chassis, but there’s not word on the material/materials uses to manufacture the body panels. On the powertrain front, Glickenhaus told Autoblog that “a lot of engines will fit” and therefore “the choice is with the builder” and “it [the Buggy] could even be electric or hydrogen-powered.” Oh, and as we speak, a Porsche engine is being fitted to the buggy.

Power should normally go to the rear wheels, while an all-wheel-drive setup could be offered on demand.
Feast Your Eyes on the Glickenhaus 008 Dakar Buggy
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Even more enticing is the fact that according to the same source, Glickenhaus will race the Buggy at this year’s Baja 1000 and given the inclusion of “Dakar” in the nameplate, we might be seeing the Buggy making a debut next year on the starting grid of the Dakar Rally.

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